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Texas House panel approves bill to pay for bulletproof vests for officers

from Texas Tribune

A state House committee advanced a measure that would create a grant program to pay for bulletproof vests for all officers on patrol in Texas. The $25 million program approved by the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee is an answer to the fatal shooting of five Dallas officers in July. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said in January that Texas should "protect those who protect us" by paying for bulletproof vests, which can withstand rounds from high-caliber firearms. The program would support 50,000 officers throughout the state. more

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